Celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month with Storytimes, Cultural Events and Books
October 2021 is Global Diversity Awareness Month. During this time we celebrate and spread awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities from all around the world. Easier now than ever to connect with those around us, Global Diversity Awareness Month helps us learn more about the cultures that are near and far.
According to the United Nations International Migration report, nearly 272 million people live in a country other than their country of birth, meaning the migration of people and cultures has spread at a 77 percent increase since 1990. We work, live, and are around many people of different cultures and ethnicities. Join us as we celebrate the many cultures that surround us with events like our award-winning World Language Storytimes, a cultural exploration event, and more. We will also have a World Cultural Display highlighting different cultures starting Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the Lake Arlington Branch. There will be different items that highlight culture, history, and diversity. Bring your families and learn about the diversity all around us.
World language storytimes will be offered in English and a different international language.
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, from 5 - 5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 11 - 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, from 4:30 - 5 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch
The kit includes:
- Craft for ages 2-5
- Five of our favorite board or picture books
Registration opens Friday, October 8, 2021, at 8 a.m. Sign up here.
Pick up Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lake Arlington Branch.
Continue the learning at home with book recommendations from our librarians.
- Jambo means hello Swahili alphabet book by Muriel Feelings
- Presents a word, with English translation, for each of the twenty-four letters in the Swahili alphabet. Brief explanation of each word introduces an East African custom.
- Is it far to Zanzibar? : poems about Tanzania by Nikki Grimes ; illustrated by Betsy Lewin
- Over a dozen poems with some aspect of the African country of Tanzania as a theme.
- Give your child the world : raising globally minded kids one book at a time by Jamie C. Martin.
- Six hundred titles that explore the globe are shared in reading lists organized by region, country, and age range.
- If the world were a village : a book about the world's people by David J Smith.
- By narrowing down the world's population to a village of one hundred people, the author offers up some surprising statistics about religion, food, water, nationalities, language, age, and education
- The sky of Afghanistan by Ana A. de Eulate ; [illustrations by] Sonja Wimmer ; [English translation by Jon Brokenbrow]. (Afghanistan)
- A little Afghan girl dreams of peace spreading throughout her country.
- Thanking the moon : celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin (Chinese)
- Each member of a Chinese family contributes to the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Includes author's note explaining this festival's customs and traditions.
- Lala salama : a Tanzanian lullaby by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. (Tanzania)
- A mother relates the events of a peaceful day along the banks of Lake Tanganyika to her baby, wrapped up and ready for sleep.
- Drawn together by Lê, Minh (Vietnamese)
- A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
- Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong'o ; illustrated by Vashti Harrison. (Kenya)
- When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
- Akissi [graphic novel] : even more tales of mischief by Abouet & Sapin (West Africa)
- An daring girl is back in this graphic novel collection of wild childhood adventures set on the Ivory Coast
- While I was away by Waka T. Brown (Japan)
- When twelve-year-old Waka's parents suspect she can't understand basic Japanese, they make the drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother.
- Parvana's journey by Deborah Ellis (Afghanistan)
- After her father's death, Parvana, now thirteen-years-old, continues to search for her mother in war-torn Afghanistan, joining with two younger children who are also struggling to survive.
- Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (Chinese)
- Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai (Vietnamese)
- Through a series of poems, a young girl, Ha chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.